Botanical Babe Houseplants
Philodendron Brazil (Philodendron hederaceum 'Brazil') is a popular houseplant known for its striking variegated foliage. It's relatively easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of indoor conditions. Here's how to care for your Philodendron Brazil:
- Provide bright, indirect light for your Philodendron Brazil. It can tolerate lower light conditions but will produce more vibrant foliage and grow more vigorously in brighter conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
- Maintain a warm environment with temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect your plant from cold drafts and temperature fluctuations.
- Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out before watering. Philodendron Brazil prefers to be kept slightly moist but not waterlogged. Water thoroughly when you do water, and ensure that the pot has good drainage to prevent overwatering.
- Philodendron Brazil appreciates moderate to high humidity levels. If the air in your home is dry, use a humidifier, place a tray filled with water and pebbles near the plant, or mist the plant regularly to increase humidity.
- Use a well-draining potting mix that retains some moisture but doesn't become waterlogged. A mix formulated for indoor tropical plants or a combination of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss works well.
- Repot your Philodendron Brazil when it becomes root-bound or outgrows its pot. This may be needed every 1-2 years. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage and fresh potting mix.
- Feed your Philodendron Brazil every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring through early autumn) with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer. Reduce or eliminate fertilization in the winter when the plant's growth slows down.